Highlights from our 2013/14 programme:
On September 13th, Karen Charman gave us a demonstration on creating a watercolour landscape of Dartmoor. She normally uses a limited palette of four colours, and doesn’t necessarily start with a pencil drawing. Karen took us through various stages, from the initial wash, to adding ponies and a grassy area.
September 14th, Tom Beauvais led a watercolour workshop of a landscape with buildings. He emphasised the use of figures to create perspective, and the importance of balancing the painting.
September 28th, Natasha Jervis, dancer, delighted everyone with her modelling poses. This is the first time we have had a live model, and judging by the enthusiasm, it won’t be the last.
October 11th, Freda Anderson, a frequent demonstrator of her beautiful portraits, showed us how to set up and paint a still life in pastel. She stressed the importance of creating a balanced painting, both in line and colour. She told us, ‘if it isn’t working, don’t be afraid of changing it!’
October 12th, Marcia Hughes brought numerous botanical items to the workshop to help create a painting with a Christmas theme. I imagine there will be many of the resulting paintings, in the form of cards, gracing the homes of relatives and friends.
October 26th, Raymond Kay led a workshop with an animal theme. He demonstrated how he achieves a good likeness in pastels, and brought a large collection of photos for members to choose from.
November 2nd, Anna Tikhomirova showed us how to measure up from a still life photocopy, to transfer correct proportions on to our paper. There was some apprehension at the apparent mathematical content initially, but the results spoke for themselves and most members were very pleased.
November 8th, Jonathan Newey gave us a demonstration of how he achieves fur and detail in acrylics, on his delightful animal paintings. He painted a tiger’s head explaining continually what he was doing and why. We found it very helpful when he passed around his painting for closer examination. His chat was so concise and informative; everyone felt they had learned a great deal about acrylic painting in general.
November 9th, Hildegarde Reid led a still life workshop with her usual enthusiasm having brought numerous items to create interesting setups. She talked us through her approach to starting a painting, and managed to get round to everyone to offer help, which was quite an achievement with forty-two members present. Some attractive paintings were put on display at the end of the session. Our thanks go to all demonstrators, workshop leaders and our stalwart tea and coffee makers, who never let us down whatever the weather!